Part 2 of the CGBC finals took place on Sunday. The Legge Handicap between Brian West and Paul Plummer was won by Paul.
The Champion of Champions (Club Champion) between Colin Summerhayes and Vivien Smith (who won the Mens and Ladies Championships respectively) was won by Vivien.
Finals day went like clockwork today, with decent weather, no rain and sunshine from time to time. The Competition Committee organised two matches today, the final of the Men's Championship and the final of the Ladies Championship.
First up were the men: Colin Summerhayes v Lawrie Briggs on Rink 4. Neither of these gents has ever won the prestigious Men's trophy and Colin made a good start and pulled away from Lawrie after a few ends. The score narrowed after about 10 ends as Lawrie found line and length but it was too late as Colin scored the last few points he needed to reach the winning total of 21 before Lawrie could get close enough for a breathless finish. Colin bowled consistently well from start to finish so congratulations to the winner of the Mens Championship.
CGBC v Brockham away 3rd july June
CGBC v Puttenham and Wanborough Wednesday 30th June
We visited P&W yesterday evening and had a most enjoyable game on their very fast and challenging green.
Rink 2 saw Jonathan, Sheila and Sue get to 7 all after 10 but Puttenham pulled away in the last 8 and we finished 12-21 down.
Rink 3 saw Lawrie, David Jones and Shirley win 27-17, so well done.
Rink 4 had JOhn Reeves, Tim and Brian W battling it out but they lost narrowly 14-19.
A superb cooked supper was enjoyed in a socially distanced manner afterwards which topped off a fun evening’s bowls.
Thanks to Brian Townsend who played for P&W as they were a player short.
So, an overall loss of 53-57. It feels worse to lose by just a handful of points but there you go. It's all part of this great game.
John Frith Trophy - Won by Paul Plummer and Pearl Warner - Saturday 19th June
Captain versus President - Sunday 20th June
As usual on this great occasion the men, led by President John Reeves, played against the ladies, led by Club Captain Patrick Andrew (an honorary lady for the day).
Rink 1: Colin S & Tim (for Pres) vs Sue, Sheila and Jenny (for Capt), Score 19-9.
Rink 2: Brian W & Paul P (for Pres) vs Shirley, Mary and Pam (for Capt), Score 34-8.
Rink 3: Lawrie & David J (for Pres) vs Jill, Pearl and Viv (for Capt), Score 19-11.
Rink 4: John, David T (for Pres), vs Patrick, Monica and Sofia (for Capt), Score 26-8.
Overall the President's team won by 98 shots to 36 and collected the trophy.
Brian's team was the highest scorer for the President's team, and Jill's team was the highest scorer for the Captain's team. Prizes were duly awarded. The two wooden spoon teams were Lawrie's for the President's side and Shirley's for the Captain's side.
The afternoon started out dull with a 50% chance of rain, but we began in dry conditions although with several wearing club fleeces to keep warm. The weather soon warmed up, the fleeces were discarded, and we ended the game in sunshine. It was a nice afternoon and it was obvious that people were enjoying themselves. Once again, the ladies excelled themselves at producing tea and an assortment of cakes at the end, including Sue's delicious sticky chocolate cake, which was genuinely 'finger-licking' good. We ate outdoors, and Shirley captured the occasion for posterity.
Next year we will need to think up a different way of managing the teams so that the end result is not so lopsided.
Friendly v Westfield BC (home) Wednesday 9th June
This was a close one. On a glorious summer evening with the swifts circling overhead catching their supper we took Westfield to the wire but ended up 2 down across 3 Rinks.
Jonathan, Pearl and Shirley on Rink 4 raced into a 14-0 lead after 6 ends but Westfield found the line and length and ground us down to finish one ahead.
Brian West, Tim and Brian Townsend did well on Rink 2 and ended up a point up.
John Reeves, Lynn and Vivien on 3 were 14-14 with one end to go but again their opponents found the right line to finish 2 points ahead.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was topped off with excellent tea and biscuits from Monica and David Warner so, many thanks to them both.
Rink 2 17-16
Rink 3 14-16
Rink 4 19-20
Friendly v Milford BC (home) 6th June
We had a good match against Milford, played in bright sunshine with no sign of the threatened rain, but ended up with defeat overall by 64 – 79. Teams’ scores as follows:
Colin, Lynn, and Pearl 24 – 14
Jill, Paul, and Sue 15 – 20
Shirley, Peter, and Tim 15 – 19
Brian, Vivian, and Patrick 10 – 26
This was Jill’s first match in over a year and she and her team got off to a storming start, leading by 13 –3 after the first nine ends; they then succumbed! Colin’s team led pretty much throughout; Shirley’s team did the opposite of Jill’s and rallied strongly in the second half winning seven of the last nine ends but couldn’t quite get their noses in front. And Brian’s team.....well we won 8 of the 18 ends but we were winning by 1 shot whilst the opponents were winning by 2 or 3.
Thanks to Ann and Colin D for tea and a well stocked supply of biscuits and flapjacks.
CGBC v Holloway Hill - 19th May
Our latest home match was against Holloway Hill on Wednesday 19th May at 6:30pm. The weather gods decided to hold back the rain and give us a lovely evening of bowls.
CGBC v Wonersh
We played Wonersh on Wednesday 12th May. The weather held up, although it was chilly later, unlike the atmosphere on the bowls green where laughter and competitiveness warmed things up. In a hard fought match it ended up with Castle Green on top.